Is neurofeedback effective for treating ADHD?
What is neurofeedback for ADHD?
Neurofeedback involves having electrodes attached to the head and responding to certain stimuli while special technology shows the person’s brainwaves.
In a person with ADHD, the brain may display characteristic patterns of behavior, particularly in the frontal lobe. This area is linked with personality, behavior, and learning.
The functioning of the brain and a person’s behavior are connected. Changes in behavior can change the brain, and changes in the brain can change behavior.
Neurofeedback aims to change a person’s behavior by changing their brain.
The brain produces measurable electrical signals, or waves. A practitioner of neurofeedback measures these waves, usually with a device called an electroencephalograph (EEG).
There are five types of brain wave: alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and theta. Each has a different frequency, which an EEG can measure.
Some research suggests that people with ADHD have more theta waves and fewer beta waves than people without the disorder. In theory, neurofeedback aims to correct this difference.